Thirty-three Arby’s restaurants in North Carolina are switching from conventional natural gas hot water heaters to solar powered hot water heaters. A total of 132 solar panels will produce the hot water.
Under Appalachian Energy’s Renewable Energy Service Company model, the franchisee, The Winning Team, won’t pay any up-front capital costs. Appalachian Energy’s engineers monitor the system online from their North Carolina headquarters.
“Being able to roll out solar systems to our Arby’s locations without any capital outlay really sealed the deal for us,” said The Winning Team’s president, Ed McCammon. “The system also protects us from future increases in energy costs.”
By going solar the company says it will cut its bill for natural gas by approximately $12,000 annually, and reduce greenhouse gases by around 100,000 pounds.